Went to the gym at noon.
- Shoulder Stretching
- Bottom Squat Hold
- Pendlay Row
E3M – 5 Sets
- 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
- 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)
Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.
30:00 EMOM (alt)
- 10 HSPU
- 10 K2E
- 10 Power Snatch (95#)
I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.
The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.
I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!
This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.
Midline: E90S – 4 Rounds
- 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
- 20 Russian Twists (45#)
- 20-30s Hollow Hold
Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.
Noon with the crew.
- Shoulder Stretching
- Bottom Squat Hold
- 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows (5151 Tempo, 45#)
5 Sets – E3M
- 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows (5151 Tempo, 75#)
- 30s Double DB/KB OH Hold (44#)
Tried something new with the tempo rows. Could have done 85-95 pounds.
1:00 Work / 1:00 Rest until complete
- 100 Burpees
- 75 MB Cleans
- 50 Box Jumps
- 25 HSPU
I should have gone harder in the first minute, even if it caught up to me. I did 21-22-22-21 burpees, then the final 14 plus 6 medicine ball cleans. Then I did 22-23-24 to finish the cleans. My back was already getting tight, especially after the last two days of light clean work, so I did all step-ups. 20-23 and then the final 7 plus 13 HSPU. I think I did 8+5, but wish I had stayed up on the wall for the full remainder of that minute. Got the final 12 handstand push-ups without coming off the wall. Finished in 22:23, which is much faster than I expected.
The numbers geek in me quickly came up the formula to determine the minute you’re on based on your round number.
Since I finished during the 12th round it was 2 * 12 = 24 – 2 = 22 minutes and then add on the elapsed seconds.
While watching Wonder Woman last night I started to feel sore in my forearms and upper back. Must be from the workout I did Friday night. When I woke up this morning everything around my shoulders and upper back was even more sore, but didn’t feel anything in my back. Went in for the nooner.
“J.T.” – 21-15-9
Almost 3 years ago, we made an attempt at this, but we didn’t respect the combination of movements. I remember being down to singles in the round of 21, so we decided to scale it back to 21-11. It still took me 9:52 for that!
I was debating what how to break up the round of 21s. Initially I was thinking 6-5-5-5. As we warmed up I decided to try sets of 3 and then I could go bigger in the set of 15 if I was feeling good. As soon as I kicked up for the 21 handstand push-ups I changed my mind and went 6-5-5-5 through all movements. When I got to the first 6 push-ups I couldn’t believe how hard they were!
In the 15s, I did 5 HSPU and then 3-3-2-2. Ring dips were 5×3 and push-ups were 3×5. On the round of 9 I was having a hard time staying on the wall. I think I did 3 and 3×2 HSPU. Did 3 ring dips and then 6 quick singles. I had 13 seconds to get in the 9 push-ups and break 10 minutes, but I couldn’t do it! Finished at 10:06. Overall it went much better than I expected and ranks a 84 on BTWB. These last 2-2.5 months of upper body work is paying off.
- Air Squats
- Plyo Lunges
- 2x Double Unders
After a burner on the upper body, I made up this lower body burner. The lunges were nasty! I think I did something like 10-6-6-8 for the 30 and 8-6-6 for the 20. Too many misses on the set of 30, but only 1 on the 40 I think, and none on the 20. Finished in 5:28.
- Floor Wipers (hands to sides in a T)
- Weighted Sit-ups (40#)
Might as well burn the core too, right? Finished in 8:01.
I had thought about doing a 20-30 minute run tonight. Decided to put on the weight vest and go for a walk instead. Unfortunately my vest still has all 40# in it. Went 2.68 miles in 42:26. I’m sure my knees will hate me tomorrow.
Walked 18 holes today, had a chiro appointment, and then went to the gym. Tore up a finger when I smashed it between a dumbbell and the legs of my bench last night, so I wasn’t up for gripping anything like the class was doing. Gavin and Brandi joined me in this fun number…
- 10 HSPU
- 150m Row
- 10 Over Bench Jumps (18″)
- 15 Air Squats
- 30 DU
I wasn’t even going to start with 10 handstand push-ups in a row in the first round, but changed my mind when I kicked up. Then it became the goal and I was able to easily do every set of them unbroken! I finished 9 rounds plus the HSPU, row, and jumps. I don’t know if I’ve even done 75 HSPU in one day and definitely haven’t done 100 like today. I’d say this Push Only program is paying off in more than just the bench press.
When I got done with round 1 around 2:30 I thought, “Oh boy, you better slow down.” When I put this one together I wasn’t expecting the rounds to be that fast, mostly because I was expecting to be doing 2×5 for every set of HSPU. I did slow over the course of the workout. I think round 5 was in about 10-15 seconds before the halfway point.
Went in at 1pm.
20:00 EMOM (alt)
Good cardio. Harder than I remember and we did this with 15 burpees during Open prep.
- 50 HSPU
- 50 Box Jumps (30″)
- 50 One Arm KB Thrusters (44#, switch every 5 reps)
- 50 MB Sit-ups (20#)
- 50 One Arm KB OH Walking Lunges (44#)
I expected the handstand push-ups to be terrible for that many reps, but it wasn’t that bad. I did 3 sets of 10 and then 6-7-7 to finish at about 3:40. I didn’t stop moving on the box jumps but there were slow as I was taking a step or two back each time I came down. I think I finished at 8:32. I did 5 on each arm before dropping the kettlebell for 3 sets of 10 and then finished up the last 20 without putting it down. Never stopped on sit-ups. On the lunges I went 13 right, short rest, 13 left, short rest and then the same with 12s. Finished at 17:52.
Was able to get out golfing yesterday and it turned out to be a beautiful day for it. Out in the garage around 5:30 today.
Added an extra warm-up set and increased 5# on working sets from the last time. 240 was rough and I didn’t notice until after my entire workout that I was supposed to do 4 sets of it. Whoops! 99% sure I only did 3 sets, so I guess getting in that extra warm-up set was even better because it ended up being 45# less volume.
Increased 10# over last time. Why not?
- 2×30/30 steps 1-arm Farmer Carry (90#)
- 3×15 DB Side Raises (15-15-20#)
- 3×15 DB Bent-over Side Raises (15-15-20#)
Got to use my straps for the carries! Programmed with 20 steps, but I went to the end of my driveway, which was 30 and swapped hands there. Should stick to 15# for the raises yet; too much”kipping” with 20 pounds. Bent-over wasn’t so bad.
- 5 HSPU
- 10 H2H Russian KBS (50#)
- 5 T2B
- 10 Over the Bench Jumps (18″)
The jumps were all the way over; no landing on the bench. Planned this to be 10 rounds but after 5 I decided I’d do 12 to get in 20+ minutes of breathing. Finished the 6th at 10:30 and then after finishing the 10th at a little over 17:00 I felt like I had a shot to break 20. Pushed it home with fewer steps between stations and quick turns after each jump. Almost! 20:08. So the second half took me 9:38 compared to the 10:30 of the first half. I guess I was cruising too much early on.
That mix of movements allowed me to keep moving. The handstand push-up reps let me work on bringing my legs down at the same time I’m lowering my body so I can get right into the kip. Started to get the hang of it.
- 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (left arm, 25#)
- 1:00 Half Turkish Get-ups (right arm, 25#)
- No rest!
These are great for the core and shoulder too. I did 14 reps each side for the first 3 rounds and then 16 each side to close it out.
- 2 Sets of 15/15 Side-lying Thoracic Rotations (video)
Holy shit what a difference from side to side. When reaching my right arm back I could get to the ground. When reaching back with my left arm there was still about a foot of daylight before I’d get to the ground!
That completes week 4 of both the Hybrid Push Only and the Performance Plus programs. I took 5.5 weeks to get through them. Week 5 of Hybrid is a deload and perfect timing since I’m heading to Europe on Tuesday. The next month of PP focuses on core work, so I think I’m going to restart the shoulder stuff after some traveling and save the month of core for later.
I’m pretty sure I displaced a rip in my back yesterday during the lifts. It’s not extremely painful or anything, but uncomfortable. Went in at 12 with the crew.
- Shoulder Stretching
- Bottom Squat Hold
- 5 Muscle Snatch (45#)
- 5 OHS (45#)
- 5 Squat Snatch (75#)
E3M – 6 Sets
- 5 Squat Snatch (95#)
- 8 Strict HSPU
I didn’t go heavy knowing what was coming next and figured it would allow me to push a higher rep count on the handstand push-ups. Picked a good number for those as each set took a bit longer, though all unbroken.
Warmed up with 6-4-2 @ 95#, 3-2-1 @ 115#, and 3-2-1 @ 135#.
“DT” – 5 Rounds
- 12 Deadlifts (155#)
- 9 Hang Power Cleans (155#)
- 6 S2OH (155#)
A hero workout I’ve always been disappointed with. Since it’s on the heavier side I expect to be capable of a decent time. After my recent thruster experiment in 17.5, I decided to try a new DT strategy today. Take more breaks to prevent the long breaks. I also was going to go lower on my hang cleans since it worked out well when we did the DT Chipper during Open prep workouts. I taped up my thumbs, strapped on my belt, and was ready to grind away.
Started out 6-5 deadlifts, then 1 deadlift and 4 cleans, 4 cleans, and finally 1 clean with the push jerks. Dropped the bar at 1:16. Oh boy! Seemed fast but I felt ok. Breaks were naturally longer after that and it was about 3:05 when I finished the 2nd round. I stuck to the same rep scheme and it was working well. Third round was done just under 5:00 and 4th around 7:00 I think. After dropping the bar I picked it right back up without rest to get in the 6 deadlifts. I think I still took a break after 5 more. But then I went 5 cleans instead of 4. To finish it off I went straight through the final 4 cleans and the push jerks. Finished at 8:36 for a 1:26 PR!! Finally something I’m happy with. It ranks at a level 93 on BTWB.
E2M – 5 Sets
I skipped out on some curls and dips everyone was doing since I get enough of that in the Push Only program.